The US president, in particular, explained that his country will focus on advising and training local security forces.

The US combat mission in Iraq will be completed by the end of the year, but cooperation between the two countries in the fight against terrorism will continue. This was stated by American President Joe Biden on Monday at the White House at a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kazimi.

“We are committed to our cooperation in the field of security, our common fight against IS is vital for regional stability. Our cooperation in the fight against terrorism will continue as we move to this new phase, which we will talk about,” he said.

The American leader, in particular, explained that his country will focus on advising and training local security forces. “I think everything is going well. Our role in Iraq will be to be available, continue to train, help, assist, fight against ISIS but by the end of the year our combat mission will not be there,” he added. Biden also said that the United States will send 500 thousand doses of coronavirus vaccine to the Arab Republic.

The information about Washington’s intention to complete the combat mission in Iraq was confirmed earlier at a White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki briefing. “At the early stages of the [bilateral] strategic dialogue, there were about 9 thousand people [in the Middle Eastern country]. [American] military personnel. Currently, there are about 2.5 thousand of them,” she said.